For years Pizza a Metro on the city's west side has been an out of the way but favorite spot for wood-fired pizzas and scratch-made Italian specialties. The restaurant, formerly owned by Maurizio Benforte, is known for its meter-long pizzas -- in fact, that's where the restaurant gets its name, which translates to "pizza by the meter."
Well, there's good news for East Valley-ites who want to get in on this Italian cuisine action. Pizza a Metro has opened a second location of the popular pizzeria in Gilbert. The new Pizza a Metro is located at 832 S. Greenfield Road, on the southwest corner of Greenfield and Warner.
The Gilbert location of Pizza a Metro takes over the space formerly occupied by Via, a short-lived restaurant that served wood-fired pizzas, pasta, and paninis. Prior to that the space was home to Tutti Santi, which still has three other locations around the Valley.
Pizza a Metro opened in a west Phoenix strip mall in 2007. The 20-seat restaurant serves pizzas, pastas, and other Italian favorites such as wood-fired calamari and tiramisu. Its popularity stems in part from the reasonably-priced fare and cozy atmosphere.
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The Gilbert restaurant will serve a similar menu to that of the original restaurant.
Editor's Note: This post has been edited to reflect the fact that Maurizio Benforte is apparently no longer an owner of Pizza a Metro. Pizza a Metro 832 S. Greenfield Road, Gilbert 480-632-7777
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